Reviews

  • A fiercely well-observed account of the psychological twists and turns, the stress points and the double-binds, of familial love

    Sam Leith, Daily Telegraph
  • Striking... brilliantly done... Flanagan is wise enough to place his wider concerns, and the accompanying magic realism within the sturdy framework of a conventional family narrative

    James Walton, The Times
  • Richard Flanagan is one of the greatest writers at work in the world today - I admire him and his writing immensely. The Living Sea of Waking Dreams is a haunting, urgent and important book about our broken and confusing age. If John Clare, a hero of mine and Flanagan's, was brought back from the dead to witness our ongoing apocalypse, I imagine he'd write something very like this novel

    James Rebanks
  • Magnificent... Flanagan hasn't just written about the space between living and dying; in writing about the things that are disappearing from the world he's captured something fundamental about the moment we're living in

    Guardian Australia
  • Pure and simple... A book in which workaday realism is increasingly marbled with magical effects... What impresses most, however, is that Flanagan's novel doesn't end in condemnation. It keeps searching for the proper form for love

    Geordie Williamson, The Australian
  • Flanagan has delivered a book that both distills the literary qualities for which he has been celebrated for more than a quarter of a century and recasts our ideas about the kind of writer he is and what he can do. This novel is a revelation and triumph, from a writer demonstrating, yet again, the depths of his talent, while revelling in a new, unfamiliar register. It is at once timely and timeless, full of despair but leavened by hope, angry and funny and sad and a bit magical... What an astonishing book this is

    Michael Williams, Sydney Morning Herald
  • Ambitious, powerful... There is much to enjoy and admire in this novel... Flanagan writes with a startling brilliance

    Allan Massie, Scotsman
  • An extraordinary tour de force, utterly compelling... It's a heartfelt, urgent plea to restore our connection to the world before it's too late

    Morag MacInnes, Tablet, *Novel of the Week*
  • A strange tale of family love, grief and climate change

    Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail, *Books to Look Out For 2021*
  • Utterly dazzling

    Jonathan Wright, SFX

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